TransRE: Making Migration Work for Adaptation

"Making Migration Work for Adaptation: Under which conditions can migration contribute to climate change adaptation? On 6 November 2017, Fiji and Germany officially opened the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany. This year, the declared goal of the conference is to put the words hammered out in the 2015 Paris Agreement into action. Even before the conference started, experts warned that it would be extremely difficult – and, without an immediate and drastic policy change, impossible – to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. Therefore, it looks increasingly likely that we will have to take climate change adaptation much more seriously—including taking into account that irreversible impacts may make certain landscapes and livelihoods untenable. Given this, experts argue that migration may very well be a legitimate adaptation strategy. However, not all migration will be a positive form of adaptation—and may even be maladaptive. This begs the question: under which conditions can migration be a form of adaptation? [...] Five speakers came from a wide range of institutions, including Kees van der Geest from the University of Hawaii [USA], Vanessa Lueck of the Arizona State University [USA], Patrick Sakdapolrak from the University of Vienna [Austria], Cosmin Corendea from UNU-EHS [Germany], and Mariam Traoré Chazalnoel from IOM [Switzerland] [...] brought together insights from research and policy in order to advance the migration-as-adaptation debate." Read more

Juno Fitzpatrick